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Luxuriate in our hotel in Salvador de Bahía

Luxuriate in our hotel in Salvador de Bahía, an original and different city in Brazil; and the capital of the state of Bahía. The city has strong colonial roots and Afro-Brazilian influences making the traditional festivals, craft markets carnival and magnificent beaches bathed in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean its main attractions.

Brazil has wonderful hotels in Salvador de Bahía, a city dating back for more than four centuries, divided into Ciudad Alta and Ciudad Baja, and whose old town contains buildings from the 16th century. The upper town of Ciudad Alta has noteworthy government buildings and grand houses; the lower district of Ciudad Baja is the commercial and port area, both separated by the famous 72-metre high lift built in the 19th century by the engineer Augusto Frederico de Lacerda.

Several hundred years ago, Salvador was the capital of Brazil with booming growth because of the port and the sugar industry. It is a destination with a wide range of hotels and resorts in Salvador de Bahía so that you can make the most of its outstanding delightful spots.   

The hotels in Salvador de Bahía perfect for soaking up the atmosphere of this great country; virgin beaches and stunning scenery make it a special place for a fantastic holiday. Visitors can relax in the best luxury hotels in Salvador de Bahía and a destination providing a wealth of activities.

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If you stay in our hotels in Bahia you should know: :

Documentation

To enter Brazil a passport valid for at least 6 months is required. Brazil also requires a visa for those travelling from certain countries. The citizens of these countries cannot enter Brazil without a visa.

A visa for Brazil is approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and can be obtained from Brazilian embassies or consulates abroad. The length of the visa varies from country to country.

Citizens from the following countries do not require a visa if staying for less than 90 days: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Holland, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Malta, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.

Visa for Mexicans: From 16 May 2013, short-stay visas for tourism were no longer required for Mexican citizens. Passports must be valid for longer than 6 months and must have an exit stamp within 90 days.

Countries belonging to Mercosur, such as Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay, do not need visas and can enter Brazil with just their national identity card or valid passport for up to 90 days, with an option to renew.

Further information can be obtained from the Brazilian consulate or embassy in your country.

Travel insurance

It is recommended to take out travel insurance for your stay abroad.

Weather

The city's location on a peninsula separating it from the Atlantic Ocean affords it an outstanding climate.

Salvador has a warm, tropical climate with a relatively high level of humidity throughout the year, and an average temperature of 25ºC. The nearby ocean prevents extreme temperatures, however. In summer, maximum temperatures are around 35ºC, while the minimum in winter can fall to 19ºC.

Health care

In certain cases, the Brazilian government requires vaccination certificates against specific diseases before one can enter the country. Depending on which region and cities you want to visit, it is recommended to take these precautions sufficiently in advance, as vaccinations do not take effect for 10 days:  

Polio vaccination: Brazil requires an international vaccination certificate against poliomyelitis for children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years.

Yellow fever vaccination: Brazil requires an international vaccination certificate against yellow fever for visitors from, or who have visited, the following countries in the last 3 months: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, French Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire.

Further information on vaccination can be obtained from the Brazilian consulate or embassy in your country.

Salvador de Bahía is in a hot country and it is very important to be well hydrated at all times. It is recommended to drink mineral water.

Currency

The official currency is the Real. There are many banks that will exchange currency in every city.

Timetable

UTC-5 to -2, with the official time being UTC-3

Population

With almost 3.5 million inhabitants, it is the most heavily populated city in north-eastern Brazil, and the third largest in the country.

Language

The official language is Portuguese, although spoken with a different accent and intonation from that of Portugal and other Portuguese ex-colonies. Descendants of immigrants also speak Italian and German, especially in the south of Brazil.

What can you visit from hotels in Bahia

When staying in your resort in Salvador de Bahía you can find very different things to do from a long list of tourist attractions in settings of fabulous beaches with crystal clear waters, valuable historical remains and a wide variety of cultural activities that make this one of the most captivating tourist destinations in Brazil.

During your stay in the hotels and resorts in Salvador de Bahía you can choose to visit magnificent beaches along 50 kilometres of coast with sparkling waters from your hotel in Salvador de Bahía, where the beaches ofCiudad Baja are washed by the huge bay of Todos los Santos, while water from the Atlantic Ocean reaches the beaches in Ciudad Alta. Each one is defined by its location and immersed in the social and cultural activities on offer, with some of the best known being the Playa de Porto da Barra, famous because it is the only beach in Ciudad Alta and for its spectacular sunsets; next to Porto de Barra is the Playa de Farol da Barra; Playa de Pituba is just 10 kilometres away from the centre and perfect for surfing; Playa de Itapuã has a reputation for being one of the most bohemian; next to it is the Playa de Stella Maris; la Playa Flamengo, to the north of Salvador de Bahía, is just the thing for nature lovers; Praia do Forte, at just 70 kilometres away from Salvador, is known as the  “Brazilian Polynesia” because the ecological beach is nothing short of paradise, where marine turtles are protected; and finally there is Morro de San Pablo, on the island of Tinharé, at about 100 kilometres from the city. It is worth making the 90-minute ferry ride for an excursion from your hotel in Salvador de Bahía to visit the picturesque town, bursting with plant life and ancient streets.  

One of the most popular outdoor activities among visitors during their stay in hotels in Salvador de Bahía is diving; therefore, you will find many places where equipment can be hired for all levels and tastes so that you can make the most of the rich marine life. Some of the best diving venues are at the entrance to the port of Salvador in the Banco da Panela, with its archaeological riches from the many shipwrecks sunk in 18th-century battles. Another interesting place is Beirda do Badejo; also Mar Azul for the more expert divers stands 50 kilometres to the south-west of Puerto da Barra and close to the hotels in Salvador de Bahía.

Another of the main attractions found in Salvador to explore the best landmarks from the hotels in Salvador de Bahía, is the old town or Pelourinho, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and comprising the largest number of colonial buildings in South America. It contains thousands of mansions, houses, palaces, convents and churches in the Baroque style of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Yet another attraction to visit from the hotels in Salvador de Bahía consists of more than 350 churches built in various styles. The city is also surrounded by beaches where you can do a variety of water sports and outdoor activities.

Those wishing to take pleasant boat ride must not miss the beautiful island of Itaparica. With all the charms of nature and beaches from paradise, the island is a favourite for excursions from the hotels in Salvador de Bahía. It is famous for its coral reefs and has the towns of Itaparica and Vera Cruz. The island will most certainly live on in your mind.

Find out about the culture and leisure activities in the hotels in Salvador de Bahía

Our hotels in Salvador de Bahía are perfect for discovering and visiting the surroundings of this attractive city. Salvador de Bahía is one of the major cultural centres in Brazil and highly multi-cultural, because of the mix of Amerindian, European and African traditions, which can be seen in the gastronomy, folklore and craft products. This is a city that combines an unbeatable stay in the hotels in Salvador de Bahía and superb experiences.

The gastronomic scene in Salvador de Bahía consists of some of Brazil's best restaurants, famous for their traditional dishes, such as abadejo and moqueca, a fish stew. You can also try some of the typical Afro-Brazilian food from the picturesque street stalls, sold by the women of Bahía wearing traditional white dresses, or enjoy the most delicious meat and local specialities served in the restaurants and hotels in Salvador de Bahía.  

The night-life in the city and hotels in Salvador de Bahía is famous for its pleasant atmosphere enlivened by the character of the people and and a wide variety of things to do. The streets are filled with festivals, bars and night clubs where you can have fun. Some of these are in Pelourinho, the oldest district in the city, where you can enjoy open air concerts, mostly in the Praça Quincas Berro D'Agua and the Largo Pedro Archanjo; or go to the modern district of Rio Vermelho. The city's most colourful festival is most certainly the Bahía carnival, said to be one of the best in Brazil and a show to be enjoyed with all senses. The carnival consists of several routes around the city, giving way to innumerable activities to make the most of a brilliant ambience.

Folk traditions passed down through generations are a feature of the culture of Salvador, with one of them being Capoeira, a dance combining martial arts and traditional berimbau music; the Afoxé, a drum procession; Maculelê, a dance and  martial arts from Africa; and the Samba de Roda.

The main shopping centre for souvenirs is in the Mercado Modelo de Bahía market, where you can find the region's most authentic hand-crafts. From the most beautiful stones to genuine crafts made from wood, ceramics, seeds and vegetable fibres.  Crafts in Bahía feature statues of Catholic saints and religious amulets, showing the different roots found in Salvador de Bahía.

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Our hotel in Salvador de Bahía

The 5-star, all-inclusive Resort of Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa in the perfect setting to relax in its superb facilities, consisting of 654 Junior suites, 3 buffet restaurants, 3 themed restaurants, 13 bars, a fantastic Spa, children's play area, Mini Club and Teens Club plus any number of things to do that will make your stay unforgettable.

Grand Palladium Imbassaí Resort & Spa

The 5-star, all-inclusive Resort of Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa in the perfect setting to relax in its superb facilities, consisting of 654 Junior suites, 3 buffet restaurants, 3 themed restaurants, 13 bars, a fantastic Spa, children's play area, Mini Club and Teens Club plus any number of things to do that will make your stay unforgettable.

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